Carus-Wilson, E.M., ed., The Overseas Trade of Bristol in the Later Middle Ages (Vol. 7. Bristol: Bristol Record Society)
Number of pages of primary source text: 296
Dates: 1303 - 1485
- English - Middle English
- Original language included.
- British Isles
- Account Roll - Port Customs
- Court Roll
- Guild Records
- Charters, Deeds
- Economy - Guilds and Labor
- Economy - Trade
- Material Culture: Food, Clothing, Household
- Towns / Cities
- Economy - Crafts and Industry
This volume contains a selection of documents relating to overseas trade conducted in Bristol during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Bristol was an important port city for both domestic and foreign trade; however, this volume limits itself to foreign trade and to only those documents that originated in Bristol. The period covered begins with the first customs records kept and ends with the first mention of Bristol merchants attempting to cross the Atlantic. The documents are organized into three sections: Part One includes miscellaneous documents organized chronologically — records are given in their original language with English summaries for those in Latin and French. Part Two contains overseas Customs Accounts. Part Three is a table of extant enrolled customs and subsidy accounts for Bristol.
The editor’s introduction (18 pages) describes where source documents were located and what types of documents are to be found in the volume. Unlike previous works which focused mainly on records from the PRO, this edition also prints documents from local archives in and around Bristol.